Origin of muslinFrench mousseline ; from Italian mussolino ; from mussolo, muslin, after Mussolo (; from Arabic Mauṣil), Mosul, city in Iraq, where it was made
Origin of muslinFrench mousseline, from Italian mussolina, from Mussolo, Mosul, Iraq, from Arabic (al-)Maw&slowdot;il, from maw&slowdot;il, place of joining, from wa&slowdot;ala, to join; see w&slowdot;l in Semitic roots.
- (textile) Any of several varieties of thin cotton cloth.
- (US) Fabric made of cotton, flax (linen), hemp, or silk, finely or coarsely woven.
- A term used for a wide variety of tightly-woven thin fabrics, especially those used for bedlinen. (US) Woven cotton or linen fabrics, especially when used for items other than garments.
- A dressmaker's pattern made from inexpensive cloth for fitting.
From French mousseline, from Italian mussolina, from Mussolo (â€œMosulâ€), that is Mosul in northern Iraq (compare 1875 Knight, Edward H., Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary, V2 p1502: "Muslins are so called from Moussol in India.")